The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); donations, honorariums and memorials; cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In 2012 that award went to Drake Tolbert.
In addition, the ACWA offers a scholarship (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Clell Swanson, Canton, SD, and Ty Robertson, Granbury, TX.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 AWA Chuckwagon of the Year. Send resumes, recommendations, etc. to email@example.com. It can be a wagon, wagon maker, individual, anyone involved with chuck wagons who has worked to promote the wagons to the public, their standing withing their peer community, etc. The award will be the last weekend in March, 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel in Irving, TX. There will also be a small trade and exposition before the award and lots of good entertainment, food, and drinks.
Thanks for dropping in on the website. I hope you will find something within these pages that will help you quench your appetite for the Old West. If we can be of any assistance beyond what you find here, do not hesitate to call on us.
Those of you who are members, I hope you will be able to make the ACWA annual meeting that will be held in Ft. Davis, Texas on November 1, 2014. We will be bringing you up to date on all of the happenings this year. We have had ACWA social events (without competitions) in Ft. Thomas, AZ, Bennett, CO, and Fredericksburg, TX., this year that were well attended and we picked up a many new memberships. These gatherings, if you can make any of them, are a fun place to meet and share chuck wagon related things and get to know your fellow chuck wagon aficionados in a relaxed setting. Keep checking with this website for gatherings that may be in your area.
The ACWA is working diligently to bring continuity to the chuck wagon competitions that are held around the country so that we can sanction each of these sites with the hope of increasing the number of competitors and thus increase the public attendance to these ?local? events. After all is said and done with much attention to food and wagon judging, the ACWA plans to host a CHAMPIONSHIP CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF. We expect it will be the culmination of a points chase by all of the competitors to qualify for the event. On this subject: Stay tuned!!Keep a look out for a new place within these pages where you will be able to locate your favorite chuck wagon person or camp or even event. At our annual meeting in November we will be having our very first awards ceremony. The winners in several categories will be announced and will be posted here.
Thanks again for dropping in on our site and I extend to you a hardy welcome and a sincere invitation to become part of this very special group.
See you on down the trail.Wayne Calk
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small
group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck
wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operation
were adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and
Jorg Sachse from France sent us this in an email:
"I like cooking stews,with wild roan(editors note - boar), rooster or lamb. I tried sowbelly beans but french people doesn't like beans. I also like baking, specially blueberry cobbler and rhubarb pie. this year, I had some opportunities to cook for little people, also for a wedding, and I use the chuckwagon also for teaching young people how cowboys where living and cooking, in schools or holiday camps."
Here are a couple of pictures from him.
The ACWA Awards Program is designed to honor those outstandng individuals and teams who have contributed
to the betterment of the ACWA through their commitment, leadership, dedication, public outreach and service
in preserving the history of the chuck wagon era.
Nominations for awards need to be in the ACWA office by October 1.
Big THANK YOU to hosts John and Sandy Sullivan along with Randy Hawkins, Russ Richins, Dave McDowell
and the SouthWest chapter of ACWA for an incredibly fun get together. Those of us who didn't make it missed a great time.
Thank you to Rex and Sheryl Wailes for all your hard work and a terrific time at the Rendezvous for the SW Region of the ACWA held in Bennett, CO. Next years event is already in the planning stages for Cortez, CO. Hope to see you there.
The Fredericksburg Gathering was a bit wet but a good time seeing friends.